Mexico on List of 10 Most Violent Countries Toward Christians

The  ”World Watch List” team from Open Doors recently released a new list of the 10 most violent countries in the world toward Christians (HT: Radical.net). Here’s the list (based on the number of actual “persecution incidents” between Nov. 1, 2012, and March 31, 2014, rather than on a country’s general climate of intolerance and persecution):

Nigeria Syria Egypt Central African Republic Mexico Pakistan Colombia India Kenya Iraq Surprisingly, Mexico made it on the list at #5.  I say “surprisingly” because one wouldn’t expect to see Mexico on the list along with countries like Nigeria, Syria, and India—countries notorious for their violent [...]

Smoke from a Thousand Villages (Part 2)

This is part two of a two-part article. See part 1 here.

The Challenge of Reaching Indigenous Oaxaca

The fragmentation and isolation of Oaxaca’s indigenous population creates significant barriers to the spread of the Gospel. But besides these barriers, there are many other factors that make the task of church planting here extremely difficult.

The most obvious is the difficulty of the indigenous languages. Learning the indigenous language—the “heart language”—of the people we’re trying to reach is vital to accurately communicating the gospel to them.  This is especially true since the isolated, unreached villages that we target almost exclusively use [...]

Smoke from a Thousand Villages (Part 1)

Note: The following is an article I wrote last year for To Every Tribe’s EKBALLO magazine.

“I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages— villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in this world.”

So wrote Robert Moffat, the 19th century Scottish pioneer missionary to Africa.  It was this reflection by Moffat that inspired David Livingston, who married Moffat’s oldest daughter, to give his life to missions.

I often think of Moffat’s words when I travel through the mountains of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.  Oaxaca, Mexico’s most indigenous state, is home to [...]

Travelblog: November Mission Trip to Oaxaca

Note: Because of security concerns and the searchability of the internet, complete names and locations are avoided in this report.

On November 8, eleven members of the To Every Tribe staff and CPCP student body left Los Fresnos, TX for a two-week trip to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca (pronounced wuh-hah-kuh).  We were accompanied by a dentist, a nurse, and one To Every Tribe missionary who was heading to Oaxaca to join his church planting team there.  The purpose of our trip was to conduct four days of medical and dental clinics in the northwestern Oaxaca village of E.J.  [...]

Mexican Drug Violence and Our Ministry

I was recently asked to participate in a blog interview concerning To Every Tribe.  I was asked specifically about what’s going on in Mexico with the drug war and whether or not things have gotten more dangerous in areas where we work.  I prepared a short answer for the interview and a longer version for this blog.  Here’s the scoop.

The drug war is most certainly escalating and things have definitely gotten more dangerous in Mexico.  What’s going on?  Well, because Mexico stands between the U.S. and South America, it’s estimated that over 70% of the drug flow into the [...]

Trip to Huatulco, Oaxaca

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Lord willing, I’ll be leaving tomorrow to head down to the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca.  I plan to spend next week in the coastal town of Huatulco (pronounced “wa-TUL-co”) where I’ll be attending and observing a training course for Mexican national pastors.  Also while in Oaxaca I’ll be visiting a couple of areas where To Every Tribe plans to send future church planting teams.  I also hope to spend some time with a Christian family who has hosted To Every Tribe mission teams in the past.

I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.  [...]

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